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Tue Oct 25, 2016, 09:06 PM

Donald Trump Has Irrevocably Changed How We Will Grade Our Presidential Candidates

Nice article that illustrates how Trump and the MSM have conspired to lower the bar regarding what we expect from Presidential candidates.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-mitt-romney_us_580f9bede4b0a03911ef1e1c

Close your eyes for a second and go back to October 2012. Mitt Romney, engaged in a pitched fight to unseat President Barack Obama, is campaigning hard as the election closes, drawing major crowds and inspiring Republican visions of a White House takeover.

Now imagine, as Romney campaigns, that a story breaks detailing how his onetime company, Bain Capital, took $17 million in insurance money for business damages that it very likely had not incurred. It would be a scandal. Romneyís ethics would be questioned. The campaign would come to a halt for a bit.

OK, ignore the insurance fraud. Letís say as Romney was campaigning down the stretch, a story broke that his super PAC, Restore Our Future, was caught discussing how to secretly funnel illegal donations from a Chinese source into its coffers. Watchdog groups would be in an uproar. Obamaís campaign would pounce and Romney would be forced to condemn the group immediately, lest he seem like he was benefiting from foreign money.

Letís say that neither the Chinese donations nor the insurance fraud happened in our re-imagining of the 2012 election. Instead, an article was published in the closing days of the race saying Romney had held parties with underaged girls and cocaine. OK. Thatís impossible to imagine. Letís say the article reported that heíd openly discussed trying to pick up John Travoltaís wife, Kelly Preston, just days after the coupleís 16-year-old son had died. Youíre right ― again, impossible to imagine.

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Willie Pep Oct 2016 #3

Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Oct 25, 2016, 09:49 PM

1. The new standard: Not as bad as Trump...

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Oct 25, 2016, 10:14 PM

2. Maybe Hillary has brought the bar up higher?

I don't expect any less because of Trump.

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Response to Zing Zing Zingbah (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 25, 2016, 10:27 PM

3. I agree. Trump has forced people to really think about what we want in a president.

People might have given a pass to George W. Bush's cowboy act but Trump was just a step too far. Clinton, on the other hand, has shown people what a president is supposed to be. I think the debates really helped her in this sense.

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